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Kokoda Women Trek
http://www.kokodawomenonthemarch.com -- are taking a group of WOMEN only to Kokoda to undertake the 96 kilometre trek in PNG, which is where many Australian and Japanese soldiers fought during the second world war. You might want to do a search and inform yourself further as to what it represented to Australia as a country, at the time and what it meant post war. The trek will be filmed. At this stage this will be undertaken some time in 2007. This trek is about the journey. It is about what it takes to get there, the preparation and the interaction and relationships formed during this journey and between this group of women.
The Bank of Papua New Guinea is the central bank for the country. -- http://www.bankpng.gov.pg/
Bank South Pacific -- http://www.bsp.com.pg
see also the World Bank entry -- http://www.worldbank.org/pg
Asian Development Bank -- http://www.adb.org/PapuaNewGuinea/default.asp
Kina Securities Limited -- http://www.kina.com.pg
Fincorp - - http://www.fincorp.com.pg
NGO's Seeks to get their Message Out -- http://pnggossip.com/news/ngo070626.html
Coral Sea Hotel chain -- http://www.coralseahotels.com.pg
Eco-Tourisam Melanesia -- http://www.em.com.pg
PNG Tourism and Business Directory -- http://www.pngbd.com/
CIA World Factbook -- https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pp.html
PNG Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS -- http://www.baha.com.pg/
Pictures and stories from Mt Hagen by Nick and Paula. -- http://nick-paula.blogspot.com/2006/11/our-house.html
Airlink -- http://www.airlink.com.pg
Taklam Lodge and Tours -- http://www.taklam.com.pg/
Air Niugini -- http://www.airniugini.com.pg
UMW heavy equipment supplier -- http://www.umw.com.pg/
Atlas Steel PNG -- http://www.atlassteel.kenmore.com.pg/
South Pacific Motor Sports Club -- http://www.spmsc.org.pg
Airlines of PNG -- http://www.apng.com
2006 PNG Medical Symposium web site -- http://www.medsymp.org.pg
PNG Balus Project -- http://www.balus.gov.pg
TNT Air Cargo -- http://www.tnt.kenmore.com.pg
Rocky Roe -- http://www.rockyroephotographics.com
Bill Purcell's aviation site -- http://www.billpurc.com/aviation.htm
CyberMasta Web Design -- http://www.cybermasta.com/portfolio.htm
PNG Orchids -- http://www.orchidspng.com
Missionary Aviation -- http://www.maf.org.au
PNG Backpacker -- http://pngbackpacker.com/
For the latest news about PNG visit the Post Courier web site at -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg -- or the National Newspaper web site at -- http://www.thenational.com.pg -- both offer up-to-date news about PNG. If you want to catch up on news it is also good to visit -- http://www.pngbd.com -- The PNG Business and Toursim web site.
PNG Association of Australia
The recent history of PNG is intimately bound up with the people who made PNG their home and in many cases, their life's work. It is therefore fitting, but also with deep regret, that the PNG Association of Australia web site records the passing of members and friends. -- http://www.pngaa.net/vale.htm
Takuu Island, once known as the Mortlock Islands, is part of PNG and 200 kilometres north-east of Bougainville, the atoll is made up of 13 islets with a combined land area of less than a square kilometre - none of it now more than one metre above mean sea level. The island is under threat of being submerged not by a Tsunami but by one big wave. The big tides, which occur around twice a year, sometimes see a low tide up to two metres below normal and -- ominously -- a high tide 1.5 metres higher than normal. A film is being made about the island and there is also a blog that can be read -- http://www.takuufilm.blogspot.com/
http://www.rcf.org.pg -- Research and Conservation Foundation. RCF works with landowners, related government departments and local and international organisations to conserve the unique biodiversity and related cultural history of the Crater Mountain Wildlife management Area.
http://www.pngimr.org.pg -- Institute of Medical Research
South Pacific Tourism
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is the mandated inter-governmental body for the tourism sector in the South Pacific. A web site can be found at -- http://www.spto.org -- SPTO members include the Pacific Island nations of the Cook Islands (Cooks), Fiji, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Niue, Samoa, Solomons, Tahiti (French Polynesia), Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea (PNG). China is also a country member of SPTO. The SPTO web site contains one of the most comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date accommodation and activities listings for the South Pacific providing a complete guide on where to stay and what to see and do in the South Pacific Islands.
These are some of the news links that have come in since the last issue and that I have not been able to look at. Some of them may be duplicates.
Papua New Guinea Journal of Science -- http://pngjscitech.wordpress.com
Highlanders ready for National Soccer League -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/062207/sports2.htm
Breakfast at the Beach -- http://maxnkaureinalotau.blogspot.com/2007/06/breakfast-at-beach_22.html
PNG customs officials break passport racket on Indonesian border -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=33033
Passport, visa racket uncovered in PNG -- http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/2/story.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10446620
PNG customs launches investigation into passport racket -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=33043
Yam ceremony, Wapi Sagi Maprik style -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/062207/w9.htm
Somare admits links to logging -- http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21935660-2703,00.html
Candidate charged with attempted murder -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/062007/nation2.htm
Head for the hills -- http://www.smh.com.au/news/papua-new-guinea/head-for-the-hills/2007/06/14/1181414442296.html
The Bank of PNG has released a commerative K5.00 bank note to commemorate the 13th South Pacific Games to be held in Samoa from teh 25th of August to the 9th of September 2007. The note reatins the original design elements of the existing K5 bank note but it also incprporates the Team PNG logo, the "Bird of Paradise" In Red, Black and Gold colours.
Once again the Uninteruprtibhle Power Supply (UPS) at Telikom's Boroko Exchange has been allowed to run down causing havoc to the equipment it is supposed to protect. It is rumoured that the standby electricty generator was low on fuel and when it ran out the UPS followed. Port Moresby was once again isolated fromt he rest of teh country and the world while Teliom technicians scambled to try and rectify all the faults caused by the UPS failure. It seems that nothing changes as this is not the first time that power probelms have knocked out the telephone exchange.
The Board of the NAtional Superfund, NasFund, has announced the ap[poinement of Mr Ian Tarutia to the position of Joint Chief Executive Officer effective fromt he 1st of July 2007. He will share the role with existing CEO, Rod Mitchell. The Board have also changed the constitution to allow for the appointment of a women to the Board. Lady Mina Saguru has been appointed to the position.
Aussie Rules Football
Recently Kevin Morris, who has had a long and distinguished AFL career both on and off-field, joined key PNG football personnel National Operations Manager Peter Cates and AFL QLD Northern Region Development Manager and AFLPNG CEO Andrew Cadzow on the "Saveman" tour of PNG to kickstart their new season. See the full story at -- http://www.worldfootynews.com/article.php/20070620141106684
Snakebite serum destined for the PNG Medical Stores at Badili have been sold on the black market for prices ranging from K8,300 to K2,300. The investigation into why the medicine needed to stop people from dying after being bitten by snakes has been sold at such a variance in price has uncovered the black market sales. Specialist, David Williams, who has been investigating the sales, has run into a brick wall when consulting senior health staff over the issue..
Maps of PNG
Isaac Sutcliffe possibly in Brisbane by his email address has been looking for maps showing local level governement (LLG) boundaries. He has the following to offer --
I have found some cool stuff online. The UPNG has an online map that has all the district and LLG boundaries, complete with labels... and there is also an incomplete and slightly inaccurate representation of the individual wards and census results of some areas available on another site. Links:
These sites have proven invaluable, but it is still difficult to get concise information online.
I am using all this to build Wikipedia articles on PNG. So far I have documented all the political subdivisions of New Ireland, and about half of Western Province (where I grew up). I am also reconstructing the provincial flags, there are only a few I havent done, and my work on the flags has been for the most part some of the best work available on the net. Alswo, I am doing a lot of other work to document PNG, mostly towns and geographic features. It is amazing how much important stuff is missing! It is slow work, and it would be groovy if there was anything else at all you know of that might help!
Can any one reading this offer help? Please reply to -- PNGNews-queue [@] pnggossip.com
The Queen's Birthday awards have been anounced and it seems that there are more people than ever being awarded for doing the job they are paid to do.
Dr Reuben Taureka, James Neng Tjoeng, Yii Ann Hii and Ramon Richard Thurecht have all been knighted. Dr Taureka has been knighted for services to the community and healthcare; Mr Tjoeng for services to business and the community; Mr Hii for services to industry and the community; and Mr Thurecht for services to commerce and the community. Another 95 have been honoured by the Queen including the CEO of Air Niugini who receives an Order of British Empire (OBE) for services to air transportation.
Previous Miss Red Cross Winners
The following people have won the title of "Miss PNG"
+ 1974 Eva Arni was the first holder of the title "Miss PNG" - Eva went on to win the Miss Asia Title.
+ 1975 Eau Suve. Eau went on to win the "Best Traditional Dress" award at the Miss Asia Quest.
+ 1976 Sayah Karukaru
+ 1977 No title awarded in 1977
+ 1978 Angeline Tukana
+ 1979 Milly Misbut
+ 1980 Mispah Alwyn
+ 1981 Jennifer Abaijah
+ 1982 Moi Eli
+ 1983 Shannel Bray
+ 1984 Patricia Mirisa
+ 1985 Carmel Vagi (Miss Communications)
+ 1986 Anna Wild
+ 1987 Harriet Warren
+ 1988 Erue Taunao
+ 1989 Joycelyn Leahy
+ 1990 Nellie Ben (Miss Ok Tedi Mine)
+ 1991 Marcia Muir (Miss PNG Motors)
+ 1992 Jennifer Lemeki (Miss Big Rooster)
+ 1993 Sharon Onsa (Miss City Pharmacy)
+ 1994 Tania Doyle
+ 1995 Imanakone Sioa (Miss NCDC)
+ 1996 Rita Stegman (Miss EMTV)
+ 1997 Lisa Linibi (Miss Coopers and Lybrand)
+ 1998 Helai Oala (Miss NCDC)
+ 1999 Roberta Ali (Miss NCDC)
+ 2000 Ephreddie Jubilee (Miss Courts Superstore)
+ 2001 Olivia Wilson (Miss Courts Superstore)
+ 2002 Yaku Ninich (Miss Galley Restaurant)
+ 2003 Cynthia Asi - Central (Miss MRDC)
+ 2004 Ashwin Samson (Miss Warehouse)
+ 2005 Michelle Pala (Miss Porebada Primary School)
+ 2006 Genevieve Roberts (Miss Coffee)
+ 2007 - Not yet run
After clinical trials an anti-malarial drug called ARCO has been released for use by the general public in PNG. The Chinese made drug is a combination of Artemisin and Naphthoquine Phospate and comes in a single dose of 8 tablets. It is claimed that the drug will kill 90% of malaria parasites in your body within seven hours.
Rabaul Executive Club
Air Niugini has opened another Paradise Lounge to service its executive club members. This time the lounge, the seventh, is located within the Tokua airport servicing the East New Britain province. The facility is only for the use of exceutive club members. Membership costs between K499 and K899 and allows members the use of the lunge, an extra baggage allowance and priority check in and seating for all flights. The chepaer membership fee is for domestic travel and the more expensive fee covers international and doemstic but only when flying on Air Niugini services.
PNG's Frankfurt Office
Ruediger Knospe has headed the PNG Tourism office in Frankfurt for many years. The office also acts as a sales agent for Air Niugini making it easier for those wanting to visit PNG. The office has developed an exciting new web site featuring PNG Tourism in some of the major European languages such as Polish, Russian, Frence, Italian and German. If you are in Europe and need help on PNG then Ruediger Knospe, who has 18 years experience of PNG, with his six very enthusiastic staff all excited about selling PNG will be able to help you. Email -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- http://www.pngtourism.de/ -- Ph: (+49) 69 634 095 Fax: (+49) 69 631 3332
For those who are interested in GFS a few photographs can be found on this web site -- http://pnggossip.com/news/gfs-pix.html
Photo 1 Mrs Haembo, Senior Delegate for GFS to the USA World Council
Photo 2 Mrs Gribble, (Australian consultant to GFS in PNG), Mrs Lesley Briggs (National Chair GFS Australia) Mrs Lucille Haembo, Mrs Deb Wadeson
GFS is still called the Girls Friendly Society in some parts of the world, having been started in England in 1875 to work with disadvantaged girls. A number of African countries, Australia and PNG now have male members and so use the shortened name.
PNG Web Hosting
Interested in creating your own PNG Web Site or any web site for that matter? Worried about the cost? It may be cheaper than you think. Take a look at pricing offered at the PNG Web Hosting site -- http://www.pngwebhost.com -- Sites with space for 15,000 MB of data, 300 GB transfer per month and 24 hours a day / 7 day a week ticket / phone support for less than US$5.00 per month. The larger web-hosting plan at US$9.75 per month offers 25,000MB of disk space, 400GB transfers and the ability to host up to 10 domains and 32 sub domains on this one package. All sites come with a web site builder to make web site making easy! As an added bonus several PHP and MySQL options are available. The best way is to visit the web site and see for yourself.
Oh, and by the way, DOT COM Domain Names are as little as US$9.00 per year.
Remember there is no need to spend hours and hours learning HTML code or graphics editing. No need to worry about details with PNG Web Hosting. Let the tools such as the Joomla! or Mambo Content Management System, help you on your way. If that seems too much effort then there is also a "fill in the gaps" html web site builder available free of charge. So if you are looking for a permanent home for even just your email address then take a look at -- http://pngwebhost.com
National Mask Festival, Kokopo - East New Britain Province -- 12th to the 15th of July
Mt Hagen Show - August 2007 -- http://eventsuk.britishairways.com/sisp/index.htm?fx=event&event_id=31325 -- First held in 1964, the Mt Hagen Show moved from its original site in Mt Hagen itself to the Showgrounds after independence in 1975.
International Orchid Spectacular -- 5th and 6th of August
XIII South Pacific Games -- August 2007. To be held in Samoa
Lukim PNG NAU Tourism Expo -- 9th to the 11th September
National Tourism Conference -- 12th of September
Hiri Moale Festival, Port Moresby - National Capital District -- 15th to 18th of September
The Tourism Promotion Authority has the following to say about the popular annual Hiri Moale Festival.
It will be held at Ela Beach in Port Moresby and organisers say the event which depicts the historical significance of the Hiri trade between the Motuan people and their Gulf neighbours to the west will be bigger and better this year. As in the past, the symbol of the Hiri Moale Festivals today remains the giant double-hull Lakatois (canoes) which plied these waters risking many lives over many months to trade fish for food from the west. Today, the Lakatois (sometimes spelt lagatois) are sailed into Ela Beach by certain chosen villages accompanied by singing and dancing. A highlight of the Hiri Moale Festival is the Hiri Hanenamo or Hiri Queen quest.
PNG 30th Independence Day Celebrations -- 16th September
Morobe Show, Lae -- 27th to 28th of October
The Milne Bay Canoe and Kundu (drum) festival is to be in November
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